Women in Saudi Arabia to gain new opportunities with changing social restrictions

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman hopes to change the perception of Saudi Arabia as a country stuck in the past.
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A women's boxing class. Go, go, go, go. In, of all a places Saudi Arabia. The country where dominant image of women is this. But here for these women it's about power. Physical, mental, personal power. The last thing I expected was to see Saudi women bofling. Hitting a pad or punching something makes you feel happy and empowered and strong. Throw your left. Bring it back to your face. This is the first and only female boxing and kick boxing trainer in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A true revolutionary. What would you say to Americans who just have this stereo type about Saudi women and Saudi Arabia and the society, they think terror and oil. There's so much more to us, and to Saudis and to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is changing fast and this man is driving the change. Future king of Saudi Arabia, crown prince mbs as everyone calls him. Right now is on the tour of the western world. The 32 years old image plastered across vehicles and billboards visiting the queen at Buckingham palace and today meeting with Donald Trump. It's a massive pr push to install moderate Islam that is open to the world. Saudi Arabia an ancient land rooted in tradition and bound by a strict all encompassing interpretation of Islam but today this country is changing. For decades here women have not been allowed to drive and couldn't travel without permission of a male guardian or even show their hair in public. With you on a recent trip everywhere we went the change was pal ability. Back at the gym after the work out this lady puts on her long head scarf still required dress for Saudi women in public. Mine is actually pretty colorful. She tells us those bright colors were unheard of just a decade ago. So much forbidden for so long we talk about the country's strict past. Before it was scared of religious beliefs if you were sitting with a man that were not your brother or father, whatever, they would actually they could jail you. At the restaurant we meet her sister, who is a film maker. I always say I was born with a camera in my hand. They grew up in Saudi Arabia and went the to college in the states and she's just finished a documentary about Saudi women. Life doesn't go back. There's nothing we have gone through that other nations have not gone through. We struggle with this idea of what and who is a Saudi woman. Because it's not, you know, one thing doesn't tell that story. Right now she can't tell her film in her own country, there are no movie theaters here. That's soon to change as well. Action. We visited the set of the first commercial feature film ever shot in Saudi Arabia just as the government announced movie theaters will open this spring. ??? And in the desert. This is incredible, rap, in Saudi Arabia. This concert would have been unheard of in this country a year ago. Maybe a few months ago.p one thing remains the same, this barrier, men on this side. Women on the other side. For years the repressive regime here banned all concerts. All mutzic. Even recorded music in restaurants. Afterwards we catch up with the promoter. It's time for us to change. It's time for change. It's our time. It's your time. Yes. It's incredibly young country nearly 70% are under 30. One of the biggest changes has yet to occur. Night at the races. Should be fun. This race track is one of the only places will you see women driving. Go-carts. After decades of pro test and campaigning, Saudi women will finally be permitted to drive this summer. For now some women come here, the roar of the engine, the smell of gasoline, the sense of freedom. You love driving. Yes. Out on the track. Wish me luck. Good luck man. Juan shows me the ropes. A natural who has been coming here since it's open. Who won. I won. Is there anybody in your family or friends who say why you should not drive. Yes. All my family and friends. Because . That is the spirit of young Saudi Arabia. This is one of the reasons the government is changing because they know that young people, they want it. While women will be able to drive, they will not be able to move around freely. Women will still require the permission of a male guardian to go anywhere. Saudi Arabia is one of the most challenging places, basically, as a woman your access to resources and opportunity is very much depend ant on the will of the man responsible for the family. And for some giving women the ability to drive is giving them too much liberty. Going to the grand mosque in the old city it's huge and hugely important. And hugely conservative. Signs of the old Saudi Arabia still strong here. It's all men. No women are allowed. After prayers we tried to talk to people. Do you like to change the greater freedoms for women? . There are changes I like but I'm opposed to the driving. It's clear Saudi Arabia is still nowhere near a free country. We should tell you we are not free to go where we want in this country. Our itineraries are pre-approved by the government and everywhere we go we have a minder with us, a guide, someone who is probably spying on us, to be fair trying to keep us safe in a country a lot of people don't like westerners. People we talk to are not free to speak, we are not free to go where we want, this is still a very repressive country. And then there's the war in Yemen, their neighbors to the leading a bombing campaign and blamed for much of the misery. Privately they hate the war our Vietnam. Do you support the war in Yemen. This is political. To be honest I'm a little frustrated. It's really hard to get people to talk honestly about certain subjects, politics, soon as you raise it, you hear our leadership is great, we trust them, there's no problem. This is a wall. There is so much tradition in this country and that tradition is so powerful. And yet if anyone can break down the walls that still exist here, hala and her sluggers might have a shot. Do you love your country. I do, actually, I really do. I feel what I'm doing is necessary. In so many ways. And I know we use the word empowerment so much but it really is that. The desert kingdom may never be the same. For "Nightline" Terry Moran in Saudi Arabia.

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